Severe sepsis: do emergency departments offer patients optimal care?
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Severe sepsis: do emergency departments offer patients optimal care?

Wayne Robson Matron, High dependency unit and in critical care outreach, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire
Julian Newell Senior charge nurse and emergency nurse practitioner, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire

The results of a postal survey suggest that emergency care staff often lack awareness about how to improve mortality rates for patients with severe sepsis, say WAYNE ROBSON and JULIAN NEWELL

Sepsis claims thousands of lives every day throughout the world (Kieft et al 1993), while patients with severe sepsis occupy about 46 per cent of all intensive care bed days in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (Padkin et al 2003), resulting in substantial cost to the NHS.

Emergency Nurse. 15, 1, 30-33. doi: 10.7748/en2007.04.15.1.30.c4239

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